From The Neolithic To The Sea: A Journey From The Past To The Present
Minack Theatre
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Cornwall
50° 2′ 26″ N, 5° 39′ 3″ W
SW3869521990
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1932
£5
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The Minack Theatre is an open air theatre carved into a rock gully, located at Porthcurno in Cornwall, four miles from Landsend.

The theatre was created by Rowena Cade in 1932, after offering her garden to a group of local performers who wanted to produce The Tempest. As her house was located on the Minack peninsular, with the back drop of the sea, was a perfect place for the production to be performed. She created a terrace so people could sit and watch. After the success of the performance, she decided to improve upon the terrace, working on the theatre every winter though out her life.

In 1976 the theatre was registered as a Charitable Trust and run by a local management team. Rowena Cade died on 26 March 1983, at the age of 89.

The Minack theatre is open from Easter to September for a full summer season of 20 plays. The theatre is open for visitors throughout the rest of the year. The 75th anniversary of Minack was celebrated with a production of The Tempest in August 2007, directed by Simon Taylor and performed by the Winchester College Players.